Tigercat opens $12M facility in Ontario
August 17, 2015
By Manufacturing AUTOMATION
Aug. 17, 2015 – Tigercat opened the doors of its $12-million production facility to the public last month to show off its new “state-of-the-art” manufacturing operations.
According to the company, a number of people including Tigercat employees and their families toured the 127,00 square foot building in Paris, Ont., located approximately 100 km southwest of Toronto.
“Tigercat is a growing global company and this investment to expand our production capabilities is a great testament to the commitment we have to our customers and to serving them better,” said Tony Iarocci, president. He was Tigercat’s first employee when the company started in 1992.
Tigercat now has nine southern Ontario locations, a large parts distribution and training centre in Georgia, a sales and distribution facility in Sweden and a dealer network that spans the globe, covering the forestry regions of North America, South America, Australasia, Africa, Europe and Russia.
The new plant will house production of swing machines and cut-to-length attachments including the 200 series loaders and the 800 series track feller bunchers, harvesters and loggers.
The building features light sensor skylights and bay door windows along with motion detector lights to help reduce energy costs, while the building’s roof is a white rubber membrane that reflects UV rays to help minimize heating and cooling usage. There are six overhead cranes in each bay with room for more if needed. Specialized concrete was used for the floors to support the machines that will be produced in the plant.
“We export 75 per cent of what we produce, said Iarocci. “Tigercat has produced over 16,000 Tigercat machines and in a time of economic turmoil the company has managed to gain market share. The only thing holding the company back was its inability to produce more machines. The demand was there last year and we could have produced more, and now we can moving forward.”